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    Syllables

    I'd like to know rules that define how to identify syllables in words. None of the native Brits I asked has come up with anything so far. One, (a teacher) said, 'There are no rules'. Yet, I vaguely remember some rules, but not all of them...

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    Re: Syllables

    Quote Originally Posted by Jannie Zijlstra View Post
    I'd like to know rules that define how to identify syllables in words. None of the native Brits I asked has come up with anything so far. One, (a teacher) said, 'There are no rules'. Yet, I vaguely remember some rules, but not all of them...
    There are some rules, but there are also exceptions. Breaking a word into syllables is based on spelling as well as on pronunciation, so things may be different among varieties of English..

    Break a word after a long vowel sound.
    Break a word after the consonant sound that follows a short vowel.
    Break a word between a double consonant (same letter).
    Break a word between a root and a prefix or a suffix.
    There is only one vowel sound per syllable (but that sound may have more than one vowel).

    There may be others, and some may disagree with some of these.

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